Sschool psychologist Dr Umar Johnson visited the Breakfast Club on Monday morning and devoted himself to a number of education-related topics including his school for black boys in Delaware.
Construction on the Frederick Douglass Marcus Garvey Academy is over, Johnson confirmed. This truth, he said, came with “a bittersweet report”: FDMG is still not open to the courts.
Johnson challenged “black traders” in particular to offer their pro bono services in the areas of HVAC, plumbing and electrical work. FDMG “can be ready in three weeks.”
There is a problem, Johnson said: “I haven’t met any black people willing to give of their time… so we have to raise enough money to pay the market rate for these repairs.
He estimated he needed around $ 300,000 in additional funding for the job.
“If we had black people willing to volunteer their time, the school would be up and running in 3 weeks,” repeated Johnson, who said this type of problem is unique to blacks and called it “one of the the psychological residues of slavery.
“If I were Mexican, school would be over,” Johnson said. “It’s only because it’s us,” he added, referring collectively to black people, “that we don’t take something like this (education) as serious.”
When asked if it was really just a black thing, Johnson didn’t shy away from that argument.
“It’s not that black people don’t support other black people. We’re not used to being responsible for building our own institutions, ”Johnson explained before giving an example:“If I opened a nightclub, a basketball league, I would have the support. “
Johnson said he can’t reconcile this with the fact that black consumers spend $ 2 trillion a year.
He cited “slavery” as the main factor which he said stripped black people of a “natural desire. wanting to control their environment and their destiny. Quoting “ethnic nationals” who come to America, Johnson said that “the first thing they do is find out where are we going to build our first community.
Blacks, on the other hand, don’t do that, he said.
“Our overall focus on life is different from other groups because of slavery,” Johnson added.
Johnson also specifically called black consumers when asked about his school last year.
During a live Instagram session, Johnson was in disbelief as to how he said black people spend $ 19 million a year, especially Quaker Oats. This prompted Johnson to ask his supporters, “can I have your money for a year?” »Give me your money for a year and I will build 10 schools across this country. “
He continued, “I don’t want your Louis bag money, I don’t want your Mercedes money, I don’t want your weave, perm, haircut, Air Jordan, Timberland money – give me your grains! ” He implored before getting to the heart of the matter, “We spent $ 19 million on oatmeal and I don’t have enough money to renovate the Garvey building.
It seems that a year later, the school is still in need of these same renovations.
There have been reports that Johnson has accepted (read: not stolen) hundreds of thousands of dollars (other rumors say up to $ 1 million) in donations for building FDMG that he did not have apparently never intended to build. For the record, he insisted otherwise, as shown by the epic episode of NewsOne Now with Roland Martin in 2017.
Black Enterprise reported in 2014 that Johnson launched an initiative to fund an all-black boys‘ school. At the time, Johnson said he was playing to raise $ 5 million to buy “St. Paul’s College, an HBCU in Lawrenceville, Virginia, and convert it into a boarding school for young African American boys.
Five years later, Johnson announced in a video that he had finally raised the funds to buy a property in Wilmington, Delaware, to house the FCMG Academy.
Johnson’s latest pitch to his supporters might not end with a donation, but stats show it was worth it. Yes, black people account for about $ 2 trillion in annual spending, but it’s not just selfish consumerism on the part of the black dollar. A 2012 study found that African Americans donate a greater share of their income to charity than any other group in the country.
Watch Johnson’s full interview with the Breakfast Club below.
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